Normal Coffee is an arts-centric public coffee shop inside Tube Factory artspace. Created with the neighborhood in mind – it’s ideal for coffee, conversation, and connecting with friends, neighbors, and colleagues. Normal also offers fancy toast with toppings such as honey from the Indianapolis Bee Sanctuary located on the Tube Factory campus.
Managed by Harper Morgan, Normal is currently open Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Follow Normal on Instagram here.
Big Car Collaborative artists work every day with neighbors to support a stronger community on the south side of Indianapolis from our home base, Tube Factory. And we know from experience that one of the best ways to bring people together is with food and drink.
The shop came about after Indianapolis-based businessman and Big Car supporter Jeff Woodward approached the organization about a partnership to bring a coffee shop to the southside. “My grandparents,parents, aunts and uncles all lived at one time in and around this area,” says Woodward. “It’s a very special area to me.”
Normal features Indianapolis-based Tinker Coffee as its primary beans, with occasional guest beans to try.
“A coffee shop is always a great gathering venue. Coffee shops always have a relaxing atmosphere and stimulate great conversation. A coffee shop in Bean Creek will give our area a more neighborly feel as well as more exposure,” says Bernie Price President of the Bean Creek Neighborhood Association and Normal’s first customer on opening day. “Tube Factory has had such a positive impact on our community and now a coffee shop. We are very fortunate and now it is up to the residents in our area to support this most recent business venture in Bean Creek.”
“The Garfield Park neighbors are overjoyed with the opening of Normal Coffee at the Tube,” says Cheryl Dillenback, past president of the Garfield Park Neighborhood Association. “This neighborhood has asked for a near-by coffee shop for many years, and after many disappointments, finally have one! The Tube is such a central location for community events, neighborhood meetings, and city meetings. We appreciate the new opening.”
We gathered input from the community to determine the desire for the shop and for details like its hours and offerings. “We know from experience that one of the best ways to bring people together is with food and drink,” says Jim Walker, executive director of Big Car. “That’s why we’re boosting our offerings at Tube with a new coffee shop as a third space for people to gather.”